Syracuse University Magazine

World-Class Partnership


The Maxwell School’s presence in Washington, D.C., has been significantly strengthened thanks to a far-reaching partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonprofit think tank regarded as one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions. Last January, all Maxwell-in-Washington graduate and undergraduate classes formerly held at SU’s Greenberg House moved to CSIS’s new headquarters, which is designed to be a premier destination for global dialogue and the development of strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions. “Think tanks and universities both have a vital role to play in the development of sound public policy,” says James Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law. “They both incubate ideas and talent on which our government and institutions depend. We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with an institution as prestigious and dynamic as CSIS on this new endeavor.”

CSIS researchers are involved in bringing people together from various backgrounds to provide robust discussion of international issues, which intersects with the policy research conducted at Maxwell’s Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, international relations degree and executive education programs, and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, a collaboration of Maxwell and the College of Law. “Partnering with CSIS is a perfect fit for what we do at Maxwell,” says Ryan Williams, assistant dean for Washington programs. “Our association with CSIS will most certainly enhance the Maxwell brand, both in Washington and around the world.”

In addition to making good use of the CSIS facility’s greater space and state-of-the-art communications technologies, Maxwell faculty and students have extraordinary opportunities to engage with influential policy makers and a large network of affiliated scholars in collaborative research, shared exchange activities, internships, executive education programs, and joint conferences and programming. For example, in October, Maxwell and CSIS co-sponsored a symposium on Iranian nuclear negotiation strategy, and the following week, Syracuse public diplomacy students collaborated with colleagues at CSIS to host an all-day event on mass media, public opinion, and foreign policy. “We’ve only just begun to explore the potential of this exciting relationship,” Williams says. “I have no doubt that, in time, it will prove to be mutually beneficial on many levels.”     —Christine Yackel

Maxwell in Washington

The Maxwell-in-Washington program was started in 1994 by G. Matthew Bonham, professor of international relations and political science, as a small undergraduate program at Greenberg House. In 1999, the fall graduate program in global security and development was added. It has expanded over the years to about 70 students from Maxwell and two partner institutions, the University of Denver and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, there is a January course, two MayMester courses, two summer courses, and a robust internship program in all semesters, bringing the total enrollment to around 200 annually. Maxwell also runs executive education programs and special training courses in public and international affairs for both U.S. and foreign government agencies.